Norwich vs. Aston Villa: EPL Betting Preview
A game of little consequence at Carrow Road but Norwich City should be backed regardless to round off a wonderful campaign in style.
There are clearly far more important issues being resolved on the final day of the Premier League season, not the least the title race and relegation, but the majority of matches looked priced accordingly and, as a result, little in the way of value is on offer.
I expect Manchester City to lift the trophy, and possibly send QPR into The Championship in the process, but my attention will be on the Canaries’ clash with Aston Villa and the hosts should have too much for a poor Villa outfit.
Norwich have performed magnificently upon their return to the English top flight and manager Paul Lambert must take an enormous amount of credit.
Much like Swansea City counterpart Brendan Rodgers, Lambert insists Norwich play football that is both pleasing on the eye as well as effective and this was certainly in evidence at the Emirates Stadium last time out.
A thrilling 3-3 draw with Arsenal was one of the Premier League’s game of the season and the East Anglia club caused Arsene Wenger’s team any number of problems going forward.
Norwich remain suspect defensively but in Aston Villa face arguably the most powderpuff attack around and it is hard to see the visitors causing the excellent John Ruddy too much trouble in the home goal.
Such has been Villa’s poor run of form, just one win from their last 16 matches, they could well only survive on goal difference and manager Alex McLeish is under a huge amount of pressure.
A win on the final day would ease the tension somewhat but an away triumph looks unlikely and Norwich are well worth backing at the 2.20 still offering in a place.
Well punted in the last 24 hours, the Coral price is now a standout one and Norwich lie six points ahead of Sunday’s opponents.
Striker Grant Holt, mentioned by some as a possible Euro 2012 candidate, has proved his worth time and again this season and the Englishman is tipped to prove the difference.
2pts Back Norwich (vs. Aston Villa) @ 2.20 (Coral)
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